Institution - King's College London
Researcher - Professor Myra Hunter
Grant award - £261,001
Duration - 2011-2013
Reference - PG10-01-SV Hunter

Why we funded it

The Charity has a firm commitment to support men living with the ongoing side effects and consequences of prostate cancer and its treatment, from our own work we know this is an area where men do not receive sufficient support. This project is designed to help men manage and reduce the symptoms following prostate cancer treatment. We know lots of men experience these symptoms and it can significantly affect quality of life for many.

Scientific title

Development and evaluation of a guided self-help intervention to alleviate hormone treatment side effects (hot flushes and night sweats) for prostate cancer survivors.

Research project summary

This is a study to find out if a self-management treatment can reduce hot flushes and night sweats for men with prostate cancer. The project will develop a Self-Help intervention to help prostate cancer survivors who are living with some of the effects of prostate cancer treatments. The treatment is a 4 week programme with a self-help book and CD with information and advice and phone contacts. It has been found to be effective for women with similar symptoms from breast cancer treatment. The team will adapt the intervention for men during the pilot phase and then test whether it reduces symptoms by comparing the treatment with usual care. If effective, men will be less troubled by hot flushes and night sweats, feel better in themselves and less tired during the day, and have an overall improved quality of life. They might also feel more confident and able to deal with other symptoms and stresses in their lives.

What our peer reviewer had to say

This is a research area of great importance for this expanding and often underserved population. The potential for developing an evidence base for an intervention that can be used by the existing workforce in the current climate is very exciting.

What our Research Advisory Committee had to say

An important study for an important issue, well founded in both theoretical and empirical work with women with breast cancer.